Australian Aboriginal Studies

A scholarly journal publishing original research on the cultures and lifestyles of Australia?s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Content includes studies, research reports, news briefs, and reviews of books and films. This is the official pub

Articles from Vol. 2010, No. 2, Fall

Aboriginal Australians: A History since 1788 (4Th Edn)
Aboriginal Australians: A history since 1788 (4th edn) Richard Broome 2010 Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW, vi+400pp, ill., facsims., maps, ports., 24 cm, ISBN 9781742370514 The first time I took Richard Broome's Aboriginal Australians...
A Preliminary Review of Ethics Resources, with Particular Focus on Those Available Online from Indigenous Organisations in WA, NT and Qld
Abstract: In light of a growing interest in Indigenous knowledge, this preliminary review maps the forms and contents of some existing resources and processes currently available and under development in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western...
Bringing Ethics Up to Date? A Review of the AIATSIS Ethical Guidelines
Abstract: A revision of the AIATSIS Guidelines for Ethical Research in Indigenous Studies was carried out during 2009-10. The purpose of the revision was to bring the Guidelines up to date in light of a range of critical developments that have occurred...
Closing the Gaps in and through Indigenous Health Research: Guidelines, Processes and Practices
Abstract: Research in Aboriginal contexts remains a vexed issue given the ongoing inequities and injustices in Indigenous health. It is widely accepted that good research providing a sound evidence base is critical to closing the gap in Aboriginal...
Cosmopolitan Archaeologies
Cosmopolitan Archaeologies Lynn Meskell (ed.) 2009 Duke University Press, Durham and London, 296pp, ISBN 978082234445 Appropriate though the title is, it appears very specific and may put some readers off, especially if you are not aware of...
Ethics and Research: Dilemmas Raised in Managing Research Collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Materials
Abstract: This paper examines some of the ethical dilemmas for the proper management of research collections of indigenous cultural materials, concentrating upon the use of such material for Native Title purposes. It refers directly to a number of...
Ethics or Social Justice? Heritage and the Politics of Recognition
Abstract: Nancy Eraser's model of the politics of recognition is used to examine how ethical practices are interconnected with wider struggles for recognition and social justice. This paper focuses on the concept of "heritage' and the way it is often...
Paddy Woodman: D. 18 August 2010
Paddy Woodman was an esteemed Elder of the Alyawarr language group of the Sandover River basin in the Northern Territory. He passed away at Alpurrurulam community near Lake Nash Pastoral Station on the Northern Territory--Queensland border. Like many...
Protocols: Devices for Translating Moralities, Controlling Knowledge, Defining Actors in Indigenous Research, and Critical Ethical Reflection
Abstract: Protocols are devices that act to assist with ethical research behaviour in Indigenous research contexts. Protocols also attempt to play a mediating role in the power and control inherent in research. While the development of bureaucratically...
Researching on Ngarrindjeri Ruwe/Ruwar: Methodologies for Positive Transformation
Abstract: Ngarrindjeri engagement with cultural and natural resource management over the past decade provides a useful case study for examining the relationship between research, colonialism and improved Indigenous wellbeing. The Ngarrindjeri nation...
The Arrogance of Ethnography: Managing Anthropological Research Knowledge
Abstract: The ethnographic method is a core feature of anthropological practice. This locally intensive research enables insight into local praxis and culturally relative practices that would otherwise not be possible. Indeed, empathetic engagement...
The Ethics of Teaching from Country
Abstract: The 'Teaching from Country' program provided the opportunity and the funding for Yolnu (north-east Arnhem Land Aboriginal) knowledge authorities to participate actively in the academic teaching of their languages and cultures from their remote...
'Whose Ethics?': Codifying and Enacting Ethics in Research Settings
Courtesy, modesty, good manners, conformity to definite ethical standards are universal. But what constitutes courtesy, modesty and good manners and ethical standards is not universal. It is instructive to know that standards differ in the most unexpected...